Dubrovnik + The Dalmatian Coast

Restaurants in Dubrovnik + The Dalmatian Coast

Just a short stroll from the sea, this casual tavern specializes in authentic Dalmatian cuisine. Inside, the dining room is furnished with simple wooden tables, and the walls are decorated with everything from vintage photographs to heritage fishing gear and traditional farming tools.

Located on the southern coast of the Adriatic Sea, this seafood-focused restaurant is located inside the former Dubrovnik School of Maritime Studies. In the lobby, there is a large stained-glass ceiling in the shape of a compass.

East of Old Town’s main square, this small seafood restaurant is located on the first floor of a Gothic-Renaissance house dating from the 15th century.

Run by the same family for more than 75 years, Old Town’s most elegant restaurant has a large selection of fresh catches, along with pastas and smooth Dalmatian cheeses.

On the pastoral island of Vis, off Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, this harbor-front restaurant has wooden tables inches from the water, with views of the old stone-and-terracotta architecture of Komiza and the rocky, pine-draped mountains beyond.

Though its pricey seaside sister restaurant Nautika gets all the press, Proto is a better choice; it charges half as much for the classic fisherfolk recipes it has been dishing out in the heart of Dubrovnik's old town since 1886.

This small restaurant is well-known among local clientele for its traditional preparations of seafood. Dishes like fish soup, shrimp with white risotto, and buzzara – a dish of scampi and mussels cooked in bouillon – are favorites at Rozari.

Lokanda’s owner, Mario Hajdarhodic, recently opened this bar and lunch spot in an old boatbuilding warehouse, in what was the city’s covered boatyard in medieval days.

A massive stone-framed wood door greets visitors to this wine boutique, which has wines from the world over but specializes in Dalmatian wines crafted from local grape varietals like Posip and Plavac Mali.

Located down a cobbled alley from the main square, Macondo is known for fresh seafood and an old-fashioned atmosphere that echoes its ancient Groda neighborhood. The dining room is simply styled in light tones, wooden furniture, and canvasses of modern art.

The scene here is reminiscent of fin de siècle Vienna, making the ornate café a fabulous spot for dessert: try the cake or a rich hot chocolate.

This upmarket restaurant (complete with a pianist) may look like the usual touristy suspect, but it compensates with an unbeatable cliffside view of the harbor and consistently good seafood risotto.

The difference between Lokanda and other seafood restaurants in town is the local-to-visitor ratio, which often favors the local crowd. They know to book a table to ensure their lunch of black cuttlefish risotto with prawns. Don’t worry if you don’t have a reservation; lines move swiftly.

Ascend a narrow staircase in the oldest part of the city to this 14th-century family home-turned-restaurant. Waiters wear traditional costumes and the dining room has basic but ancient touches like bare stone walls, wicker lamps, wooden benches, and folk music.